Injured cyclist Jakobsen cleared to return home

Paris (AFP) Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who was placed in a medically-induced coma last week after a horrifying crash at the Tour of Poland, has been cleared to return to the Netherlands, his team said Tuesday. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, 23, was left fighting for his life and underwent a five-hour operation immediately after the … Continue reading Injured cyclist Jakobsen cleared to return home

Funds raised for statue of English football’s black trailblazer

London (AFP) Jack Leslie, who was chosen to play for England in 1925 but dropped when selectors discovered he was black, will have a statue erected in his honour outside Plymouth Argyle's stadium after an appeal raised the £100,000 ($131,000) required. The Plymouth player, who had an English mother and a Jamaican father, was called … Continue reading Funds raised for statue of English football’s black trailblazer

‘Thousands have tried’ – Bayern ponder how to stop Messi

Lisbon (AFP) Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said the German giants are working out how to curb the legendary talents of Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Friday's Champions League quarter-final. "Thousands of people before me have tried to answer this question," Goretzka replied Tuesday in Lisbon when asked how to stop Messi. Lionel Messi … Continue reading ‘Thousands have tried’ – Bayern ponder how to stop Messi

Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi officers in Kurdish region: army

Baghdad (AFP) Two high-ranking Iraqi officers were killed Tuesday in what the army said was a "blatant Turkish drone attack" in the autonomous Kurdish region, where Ankara has for weeks been raiding militant positions. The strike killed two border guard battalion commanders and the driver of their vehicle, the army said in a statement. The … Continue reading Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi officers in Kurdish region: army